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The Alan Guttmacher Institute
The Guttmacher Institute, a nonprofit organization focused on sexual and reproductive health research and policy analysis, provides some of the most respected statistics on abortion practices cited by groups on both sides of the debate. Of particular interest are its State Facts about Abortion, which provide information about abortion use and regulation in all 50 states, and its most recent report on abortion incidence and services in the United States (PDF File) (2000).

Americans United for Life (AUL)
Americans United for Life is non-profit, pro-life law firm whose lawyers write model pro-life legislation, lobby for its passage in state legislatures, and, if necessary, fight for it to be upheld in the courts.

NARAL Pro-Choice America
NARAL Pro Choice America is an activist organization which "fights to protect and defend a woman's right to choose" while attempting to "reduce the need for abortions." Its site also provides a breakdown of abortion regulations by state and issue briefs on topics such as emergency contraception, sex education, and the Supreme Court.

National Right to Life Coalition (NRLC)
This Web site for the NRLC, a national pro-life political action committee, includes medical facts about abortion, a history of the pro-life movement, and a legislative action center.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Planned Parenthood is a non-profit organization which works to provide reproductive education and affordable reproductive healthcare, including abortion. Visit its site to learn more about medical facts for abortion, abortion options during the first trimester of pregnancy, and reproductive access across the country. Of particular interest is their special report on abortion access in Mississippi, the state at the center of this FRONTLINE report.

THE SUPREME COURT

Abortion Tops Court Issues
In August 2005, the Pew Center for the People and the Press released a survey regarding what issues Americans viewed as the most important issues facing the Supreme Court today. Abortion ranks at the top of the list. Here, their polling reveals that while 65 percent of Americans oppose overturning Roe v. Wade, most favor restrictions on abortion access. Read the full report to find out more about national opinions on related issues, such as parental consent requirements, emergency contraception, and abstinence education.

SCOTUSblog
This blog provides pithy, up-to-the-minute analysis of Supreme Court decisions and the politics surrounding the Court.

The Roberts Nomination and the Future of Roe
In this entry on Think Progress' Supreme Court Extra blog, Trevor Morrison explores how abortion rights might be threatened by the Supreme Court's upcoming decision in Ayotte v. Planned Parenthood. At issue, he argues, is not whether Roe will remain the law of the land, but whether the new Roberts court will decide that the "undue burden" standard created by Justice Sandra Day O'Conner in Casey will be replaced by a much narrower standard that must be proved again and again in every new situation. Here, Morrison attempts to infer Roberts' views on abortion based on responses he gave during his Senate confirmation hearings.

Judge Alito on Abortion
This Washington Post editorial suggests that much less is known about Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito's views on abortion than either his proponents or detractors might suggest. It argues that Alito's decisions in cases involving Pennsylvania's spousal notification and parental consent laws, as well as a New Jersey law banning "partial-birth" abortion, imply that his Supreme Court rulings on abortion "may be determined as much by his view of precedent as by his views on the underlying question."

The Right to Wife: Why Does Judge Alito Treat Women Like Girls?
In this article, Slate's national correspondent William Saletan poses the questions he would ask if seated on the review panel at Judge Alito's Senate confirmation hearings. His primary questioning regards Alito's dissent in the 1991 case Planned Parenthood v. Casey that overturned a Pennsylvania law requiring married women to obtain their husband's consent before having an abortion. Saletan argues that Alito's position in that case, which was ultimately rejected by the Supreme Court, suggests that he "interpret[s] a woman's abortion right as narrowly as possible" and "give[s] men the widest possible right to interfere."


Also on Slate, Senior Editor Emily Bazelon dissects Alito's dissent in Casey and explains how the Supreme Court nominee's views on abortion law differ from those of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the author of key abortion rulings and the justice whom he will replace if confirmed to the court. Similarly, Richard Schraegger, also writing for Slate, argues that Alito will not follow O'Connor's "centrist path."

What the Alito Nomination Means for Constitutional Law
In this entry on his blog, Jack Balkin muses on the future ideological make-up of the Supreme Court in light of Chief Justice Roberts' confirmation and Judge Samuel Alito's recent nomination. He argues that in upcoming decisions on social issues, the views of the two new justices are less critical than those of Justice Anthony Kennedy, whom he believes to be the "new median or swing Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court."

Distorting Sam Alito
Here, Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer argues that liberal interest groups have distorted Judge Alito's rulings in the Casey case on abortion restrictions. He explains that Alito's ruling that married women must sign a form stating they had notified their husbands prior to receiving an abortion was "a constitutional judgment (almost invariably based on the Supreme Court's own precedents)" and not a "personal policy preference."

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